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This map shows projected hurricane surge inundation, often referred to as storm surge, for hurricanes ranging in severity from Category 1 to Category 4 as well the locations of critical societal resources such as fire stations, hospitals, emergency management offices, and roads. Storm surge is caused by the force of a hurricane displacing water as it moves into shallower water. According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge is responsible for 90% of hurricane-related fatalities in the US (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastdeadly.shtml). In addition, the flooding caused by storm surge may hinder evacuation as well as incapacitate or reduce the capabilities of certain resources by flooding facilities or impinging on mobility.

Source Data Note

Outline Maine, Hurricane Surge Inundation, Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Fire Stations, EMS Stations, Hospitals, Law Enforcement Agencies, Emergency Management Offices, American Red Cross Facilities, and National Guard Armories data from the Maine Office of GIS. Road data are from ESRI 9.3 Data CD.

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